Vidal Franco Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on BI-20 in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX — May 27, 2022, 56-year-old Vidal Franco died in a traffic accident on Interstate 20 Business in Midland County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 a.m. on Business 20 near San Andres Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Franco was allegedly driving a Toyota Sequoia west in the eastbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when he crashed head-on with an eastbound Ford F-250. After the impact the Toyota overturned on its side.
Franco suffered fatal injures in the crash. The Ford driver received possible injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Vidal Franco Accident in Midland County
Toxicology tests later showed the victim of this accident had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .376 at the time, far beyond the legal limit of .08. I say that with no judgment or to tarnish the victim's name, but it's an important detail to address. It may make some feel that the crash, while tragic, was due mostly to the victim's decisions and leave it at that. However, fault for an alcohol-related wreck may not be driver's to bear alone.
Drinking has a snowballing effect for most people, and with every drink the decision to have another gets easier. That's why Texas dram shop law requires alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and stores to refuse further sales to an obviously intoxicated customer. Unfortunately many such businesses keep pouring long past the point of no return anyway; when they illegally over-serve a customer and that person causes or suffers harm while intoxicated, dram shop law may hold them liable for the damage done. It's an important step both to teach that bad business a lesson and to help the victims of its recklessness get much-needed assistance with recovering.
I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the driver in Midland County, but it seems important to check out in case a local business is endangering its customers and community. Unfortunately police investigations rarely extend that far, so it's usually best to seek proof of a potential dram violation through other means. With evidence gathered by experienced independent professionals, many people affected by these accidents have held bad bars accountable for the part they played.